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American Innovation: Merritt Burt's Safety Pinion: Introduction (Part 1)

National Watch Company (Elgin) B.W. Raymond #829 Marked "Burt's Patent" "Mainspring Events" The large mainspring that serves as the power source for a mechanical watch movement can also become a violent adversary when it breaks, releasing a destructive shock throughout the delicate watch train. As pocket watches became essential accessories, this problem of a mainspring breaking provoked dread among watch owners. Without warning, a single "mainspring event" could render a watch useless, requiring costly repairs or replacement... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 days ago


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Movements Offered by the Illinois Watch Company in the 1890 Lapp & Flershem Illustrated Catalog (Busiest House in America)

Illinois Watch Company Movement Cuts, 1890 Lapp & Flershem Catalog (Busiest House In America) Original catalogs are an invaluable primary source for understanding movement descriptions. Examining these resources can yield crucial insights into production tendencies, grade attributes, and pricing trends. These catalogs often form the foundation for information that modern collectors rely on when company documentation is scarce or unavailable. Illinois Watch Company Movement Grade Descriptions, 1890 Lapp & Flershem Catalog (Busiest House In America) The 1890 edition of “The Busiest House in America” catalog, published by Lapp & Flershem, showcases the primary movements offered by the Illinois Watch Company at the time... Continue Reading

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c.1890 Rockford Watch Company "I Can Fix A Rockford Watch" Trade Card

Rockford Watch Co. "I Can Fix A Rockford Watch" Trade Card, c.1890 (Front) This colorful trade card was distributed by the Rockford Watch Company in the 1890s to promote the company's "Quick Train" watch movements and ease of repair. The scene exhibits a young child working on a Rockford 18-Size Model 7 watch movement. The caption below the illustration reads,"I Can Fix a Rockford Watch." The reverse features a detailed engraving of a train and a watch dial marked "Railroad Watch." These small trade cards were popular for promoting products and frequently provided a dedicated area for retailers to stamp their business names and locations... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 weeks ago



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Serial No.: #1209878
Manufacturer:Hampden
Grade:Special Railway
Size:18s
Model:3
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Two-Tone
Est. Date:1898
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Serial No.: #2431476
Manufacturer:Hampden
Grade:Anchor
Size:18s
Model:3
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Two-Tone
Est. Date:1908
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Serial No.: #548623
Manufacturer:Ball - Hamilton
Grade:999a
Size:18s
Model:1
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1907
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Serial No.: #42246886
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:582
Size:16s
Model:21
Jewels:15j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Flat
Est. Date:1944
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Serial No.: #2857126
Manufacturer:Hampden
Grade:Wm. Mckinley
Size:16s
Model:4
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1911
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Serial No.: #389762
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:974
Size:16s
Model:1
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1906
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Serial No.: #3306664
Manufacturer:Hampden
Grade:No. 108
Size:16s
Model:5
Jewels:17j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Two-Tone
Est. Date:1915
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Serial No.: #502020
Manufacturer:Rockford
Grade:830
Size:18s
Model:10
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1897
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Serial No.: #32563
Manufacturer:Zenith
Grade:Zenith marine chronometer caliber 260
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